Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Shuya Watanabe has served as a representative director of LinkBit for more than five years and became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Grand Perfecta at the time of the business reorganization in May 2012. Mr. Watanabe has spent most of his career in the horse racing industry and, as a result, has substantial experience and industry contacts that are advantageous to the business of Grand Perfecta.
President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director
Takashi Ozawa has served as a representative director of LinkBit for more than five years and became President, Chief Operations Officer and a Director of Grand Perfecta at the time of the business reorganization in May 2012. Mr. Ozawa has spent the last 20 years of his business career in the horse racing industry working in the areas of racing media sales, product planning and development, and customer relations management, all of which management believes are valuable to the business of Grand Perfecta.
Chief Financial Officer and Director
Masashi Takegaki has served as accounting section head and then accounting manager of LinkBit for over the past five years, and became a director of LinkBit in September 2013. Mr. Takegaki became CFO, Secretary and a Director of Grand Perfecta in February 2013. Mr. Takegaki has 18 years of experience in the areas of accounting and business tax in Japan, which management believes qualifies him to provide the financial accounting Grand Perfecta requires.
Mr. Okai was a director of LinkBit from March 2010 to March 2012, and he became a director of Grand Perfecta at the time of the business reorganization in May 2012. Mr. Okai has served as a representative director of Umajin Japan since April 2012, of which he is also the sole owner. Umajin Japan is engaged in the business of collecting and disseminating information about horse racing in Japan. Mr. Okai attended and graduated from jockey school, which gave him the opportunity to develop many contacts and relationships in the horse racing industry that he has continued to develop over the years. His network of personal connections with officials and other figures in the horse racing industry is a significant resource that allows him to provide great insight on the service offerings and future development of our business.
Mr. Takahashi became a director of LinkBit in March 2010, to provide Internet and web related marketing and promotional services. He has served as the sole director of Umajin HK from June 2012 to the present. He became a director of Grand Perfecta at the time of the business reorganization in May 2012. Mr. Takahashi has 20 years of experience in developing and operating Internet content business enterprises, so his experience benefits Grand Perfecta with respect to promoting and delivering service to website customers.
Mr. Tanabe has served for over five years as the representative director of Clara Ltd., a company engaged in the restaurant business in Japan. He became a director of Grand Perfecta at the time of the business reorganization in May 2012. In December 2013 he founded Cheval Attache Co., Ltd., a company engaged in the business of offering computer content and application services. Mr. Tanabe has more than 25 years of experience in business and management in multiple consumer industries, including the beauty industry and restaurant industry, so he brings a broader business experience and operational acumen to management’s deliberations on developing Grand Perfecta’s business.
Mr. Marchese is the founder and CEO of Lares Loreno Private Capital, a boutique merger and acquisition advisory firm that began operation in 2014. From 2009 to the formation of Lares Loreno, Mr. Marchese was an independent consultant on mergers, acquisitions, and financing. Mr. Marchese began his investment banking career at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1996 and subsequently held positions at Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Marchese graduated with an M.B.A. from the Booth School at the University of Chicago and holds a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Marchese has substantial experience in the investment banking and finance industry that is beneficial to management’s budgetary process and planning for financing opportunities.